Along with other essential furniture that’s important for home – sofa, bed etc., whether moving into a new one or renovating an existing one, dining tables hold pride of place in it.
With endless options in the market, choosing the best dining table can be a tedious task. Your dining table is a vital centrepiece for your home and reflects your interior style. It is a place for dinners, family breakfasts, but it is also a place to do newspaper sprawling. A dining table is an expensive investment, so you have to be sure about what you are looking for before opening your wallet.
If you are confused about what makes a great dining table and how to go about it, below are a few things to remember while choosing a dining table for your home.
The most important thing to consider is the size of the dining table. While looking for a dining table, make sure that it fits your dining area. Not just that, you need to account for space around it too. If you are not sure about the size you need, it will be a great idea to measure the room or hall that you can dedicate to the dining room. Start by, measuring the length and breadth of the area it is going to be placed in. Then subtract five feet from the previous measurements to get an estimate dining table length and breadth. Once you have the target dining table measurements, use a painter’s tape to block out the length and width on the floor. Then take a step back to visualize how the dining table will fit in the area.
If you are thinking to have an outdoor dining area, you can look for concrete outdoor furniture and maybe even lamps to utilize the space accordingly.
It is important to consider your needs before settling on the shape of your dining table.
Rectangular and square dining tables are the most common and favored for their high functional aesthetics. But, a round or oval table can give you a little extra space to roam around because of the corners. They are also a great option if entertaining is your thing because there is no “head” of the table and they offer a more informal approach to dining. Round tables are also perfect for smaller rooms as they don’t break the visual flow and take up less space.
If a square dining table is your style, do keep in mind that they are perfect for use in large spaces.
Choosing the right material for a dining table can be difficult. The material of the table is the key point in selecting the dining table as it acts as an anchor in terms of the style of your home. So, you will have to balance ease of care, your personal style, and price to choose the right one. The most recent addition to the market is concrete top dining table which is a great option as they provide character and are super durable. It is a material that transcends a myriad of interior styles.
Hardwood is the best option if you are looking for something that will last long. Salvaged or rustic wooden tables can take most things you choose to throw at it and are very durable. Blackbutt, walnut, oak, mahogany, and gum can be considered for looks and aged worn chicness. Glass topped tables are a good option for modern spaces lacking in light as they allow the light to filter through, and are not heavy. However, it is very difficult to keep them clean.
TIP – If you are planning to buy a timber lake, hardwood or salvaged, do make sure that it is completely sealed, to avoid moisture sneaking in.